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Just The Facts, Ma’am

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
The trusty folks at CAMERA have assembled a handy guide to the falsehoods and facts surrounding the Gaza flotilla. Some salient excerpts:
Falsehood: The purpose of the anti-Israel activists’ trip to Gaza was to deliver essential humanitarian aid to Palestinians.
Fact: Organizers of the trip have themselves made clear this isn’t true. “This mission is not about delivering humanitarian supplies,” saidorganizer and anti-Israel activist Greta Berlin. Instead, she explained, it is about ending Israel’s blockade in order to allow unfettered shipments to the Hamas-ruled territory.
At any rate, Israel delivers more goods to Gaza in one week (roughly 15,000 tons) than the flotilla organizers claimed to be bringing (10,000 tons). And according to the Financial Times, “shops all over Gaza are bursting with goods” thanks to the active smuggling tunnels leading into the territory from Egypt.
Falsehood: This was a flotilla of “peace activists.”
Fact: The most prominent organizers of the flotilla have strongly backed violence. And even if some passengers thought they were involved in a peace mission, video evidence clearly shows passengers on the Mavi Marmara planning, and engaging in, brutal violence.
The two main organizers of the voyage were the Turkish Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH), which has worked closely with terrorist organizations, and the Free Gaza Movement, which is strongly linked to the extremist International Solidarity Movement (ISM).
Falsehood: Naval blockades are not permitted under international law.
Fact: Naval blockades are legal. They have long been part of customary and even conventional international law, and the relevant legal doctrines were reviewed and codified in the 1994 San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea.
Falsehood: It is not permissible to stop a merchant ship, as opposed to an army ship.
Fact: According to the San Remo Manual, merchant ships violating a blockade may be stopped, or even attacked. Article 98 states: “Merchant vessels believed on reasonable grounds to be breaching a blockade may be captured. Merchant vessels which, after prior warning, clearly resist capture may be attacked.”
Falsehood: Israel violated international law when it stopped the ships in international waters.
Fact: Legal experts cited by Reuters notethat “Under the law of a blockade, intercepting a vessel could apply globally so long as a ship is bound for a ‘belligerent’ territory.”
Falsehood: Israel prevents essential humanitarian items such as baby formula from entering the Gaza Strip.
Fact: Israel facilitates the transfer of thousandsof tonsof humanitarian items per week into Gaza, including baby formula.
Falsehood: Israeli soldiers descended on the ship from helicopters and immediately attacked with machine guns innocent passengers sleeping on the deck.
Fact: Video footageclearly demonstrates that this is a lie. The footage, shot from different angles, shows Israeli soldiers landing on the ship being immediately and violently assaulted by gangs of passengers awaiting them on deck. The attack on the Israeli soldiers began, as retired British Marine Officer Peter Cook acknowledgedon British television, while the first Israeli soldier still had both of his hands on the rope being used to lower him onto the ship.
            Cook also said the large Israeli weapon seen in video footage appeared to be a paintball gun, which corresponds with Israel’s assertion that these were the primary weapons soldiers brought onto the ship.
Falsehood: Passengers on the Mavi Marmara were engaged in “peaceful resistance,” had no weapons, and did not violently attack Israeli soldiers.
Fact: Video footage shows, among other acts of violence, a passenger stabbingan Israeli soldier, gangs of passengers pummeling soldiers with metal rods and other objects, and a soldier being thrown off a high deck.

Testimony from both Israelisoldiersand activist passengersdescribes pistols being taken from injured soldiers. The ship’s captain reportedly told Israeli soldiers that the violent passengers threw their guns overboard before the ship was completely taken over.

 

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com

Jason Maoz

Kever Rachel Fund Reception

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

A special gathering was held recently in Los Angeles celebrating the continued preservation of Kever Rachel. Miriam Adani, the founder and director of the Kever Rachel Fund, addressed the audience (with the assistance of the translator, Rabbi Korobkin) and showed a video on the present state of Kever Rachel and how it has been a source of comfort and joy for thousands of Jews who visit and pray at this makom kadosh. The evening’s MC, Sandy Kalinsky, introduced Rabbi Boruch Gradon, rosh kollel of the Los Angeles Merkaz Hatorah Community Kollel, who delivered words of chizuk.

 

Some of the projects supported by the Kever Rachel Fund include providing bulletproof buses traveling to the kever, coordinating simchas at the site (including simchas for victims of terror), arranging prayer gatherings, and outreach to Israeli soldiers.

 

The event’s hosts were Jacob and Esther Blaich. Gifts were presented to the Tribute Committee, Rabbi Gradon, the Blaichs, and all those who assisted in the evening’s event.

 

 

 

(L-R) Miriam Adani presenting gift to Esther and Jacob Blaich, hosts of L.A.’s

reception for the Kever Rachel Fund. (Photo credit: Rabbi Arye D. Gordon

Rabbi Arye D. Gordon

Kever Rachel Fund Reception

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

A special gathering was held recently in Los Angeles celebrating the continued preservation of Kever Rachel. Miriam Adani, the founder and director of the Kever Rachel Fund, addressed the audience (with the assistance of the translator, Rabbi Korobkin) and showed a video on the present state of Kever Rachel and how it has been a source of comfort and joy for thousands of Jews who visit and pray at this makom kadosh. The evening’s MC, Sandy Kalinsky, introduced Rabbi Boruch Gradon, rosh kollel of the Los Angeles Merkaz Hatorah Community Kollel, who delivered words of chizuk.

 

Some of the projects supported by the Kever Rachel Fund include providing bulletproof buses traveling to the kever, coordinating simchas at the site (including simchas for victims of terror), arranging prayer gatherings, and outreach to Israeli soldiers.

 

The event’s hosts were Jacob and Esther Blaich. Gifts were presented to the Tribute Committee, Rabbi Gradon, the Blaichs, and all those who assisted in the evening’s event.

 

 

 


(L-R) Miriam Adani presenting gift to Esther and Jacob Blaich, hosts of L.A.’s

reception for the Kever Rachel Fund. (Photo credit: Rabbi Arye D. Gordon

Rabbi Arye D. Gordon

The Anti-Leftist ‘Grogger’

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

For months now, every Friday in Zion has seen screaming and violent leftist rioters attacking Israeli soldiers, engaging in hooliganism, and breaking the law. The thugs are a mixture of foreign pro-terror “anarchists” Israel foolishly lets into the country, joined by some members of Israel’s own “Leftists for the Extermination of Israel.”
 
Week after week they demonstrate in the West Bank towns of Bil’in and Nil’in to show their support for terrorists who mass murder Israeli Jews. They oppose Israel’s security fence because it makes it harder for suicide bombers to reach Israeli children.
 
These past few weeks they have shifted their noisy activities to the Simon the Righteous neighborhood in Jerusalem. The demonstrators demand that no Jews be allowed to move into the homes they legally own in the area because it “belongs” to Arabs. These anti-Israel leftists closely resemble Ku Klux Klan marchers who tried to prevent black folks from moving into neighborhoods where they “did not belong.”
 
             Personally, I would prefer loading the nasty and noisy hooligans onto a one-way bus for Gaza, or perhaps a one-way plane for Somalia. Israel, however, insists on dealing with these thugs as “protesters.”
 
             But now Israeli science and the ingenuity have come up with something that can be used to disburse these noisy cheerleaders for terror.
 
Israel plans to fight their noise with noise.
 
That is correct. Israel is about to take a lesson from Jewish history and adapt that weapon of mass disturbance we all use every year against Haman. Just in time for Purim, Israel is going to employ an anti-leftist Purim grogger. And it really works.
 
Popular Science magazine recently reported that Israel has developed a new “weapon” against terrorist cheerleaders and against pro-terror “Solidarity” rioters – a “sonic cannon” which makes loud noises that sound like the sonic booms of jet airplanes.
 
Developed by PDT Agro, a small company in Israel that had previously been building “sound cannons” to scare away pests from Israeli farms, the new invention will be used to scare away leftist pests trying to assist Palestinian jihadists.
 
The report in Popular Science is a delicious take-off on the science fiction classic Dune, in which the desert fighters (called “fedayeen,” of all things) battle the barbarians using sound weapons:
 
            “A desert people have developed a new weapon that uses sound instead of bullets. But this time, it will be used to control crowds instead of fighting giant worms or devious members of House Harkonnen. The Israeli Defense Ministry has contracted for the production of sonic-boom stun-guns called ‘Thunder Generator cannons,’ which they hope to use in crowd-control situations.”
 
The new contraption, Popular Science explained, “runs on LPG, a common cooking gas, which mixes with oxygen to generate powerful bursts of sound. Each sound burst lasts around 300 milliseconds, and generates a shockwave that travels from the cannon at almost six times the speed of sound.”
 

Do you realize what this means? If Israel has invented thiscure for leftist hooliganism, just imagine what could lie ahead. Perhaps an anti-leftism pill, which, when swallowed, raises one’s IQ by 50 points. How about a special rubber bullet that electronically hones in on marijuana? How about a special TASER that can only be discharged against the unbathed?

Be that as it may, this new invention represents a giant scientific step forward for Israel.

As you may recall, Israel had been using Pepe Le Pew to help control the violent hooligans and anarcho-fascist thugs who pogrom weekly in the West Bank against Israel’s security fence.
 
A while back it was reported that Israel had decided to keep the protesters in line by using “skunk bombs.” These “bombs” (actually a canister spray) apparently are so smelly that even an anarchist who has not washed in a month is capable of being offended and repulsed by the odor.
 
            The Jerusalem Post reported: “The skunk bomb is a foul-smelling liquid which is sprayed on the rioters. The smell is so strong that people flee immediately.” At least one website referred to it as Zionist Death Dung.
 
I wonder whether the new sound cannon can be combined with authentic Jewish soul music guaranteed to drive secular leftists mad.
 
We all recall the movie “Apocalypse Now,” in which the choppers came in firing while playing Wagner music. So why not wheel in the new Israeli anti-leftist sound cannons while loudspeakers loudly play Shlomo Carlebach or Avraham Fried songs in the background?
 

And then we can all just sit back and watch the leftist varmints scurry.

 

 

Steven Plaut is a professor at Haifa University. His book “The Scout” is available at Amazon.com. He can be contacted at steveneplaut@yahoo.com.

Steven Plaut

Israeli/Nazi Analogy Old Hat By Now

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

It would be fair to say that the recent demonstrations in cities around the world during which Israel was likened to Nazi Germany, and Israeli soldiers to Nazi storm troopers, created a fair amount of angst among an appreciable number of Jews. But as this is hardly a new phenomenon, the surprise really lies in why so many Jews continue to be surprised.

It was back in 1982, when Israel invaded Lebanon after one provocation too many by the PLO, which had set up a murderous mini-state in the country that had been affectionately known as the Paris of the Middle East, that the Nazi analogies began in full force. Since then, whenever Israel has mounted retaliatory operations against Palestinian terrorists, the canard has been trotted out with tiresome predictability by a subset of pundits and editorial cartoonists.

But playing the Nazi card goes back even before Lebanon, to a time when the Palestinians barely existed on the world’s radar screen and Israel was widely perceived as an underdog surrounded by much larger nations determined to eradicate it.

On July 7, 1967, barely a month after Israel’s celebrated victory in the Six-Day war, The New York Times published a letter to the editor which made the equation that in later years would become all too familiar.

“All persons who seek to view the Middle East problem with honesty and objectivity will stand aghast at Israel’s onslaught, the most violent, ruthless (and successful) aggression since Hitler’s blitzkrieg across Western Europe in the summer of 1940, aiming not at victory but at annihilation,” wrote Dr. Henry P. Van Dusen, a former president of Union Theological Seminary, the academic centerpiece of liberal Protestantism in America.

Van Dusen was ahead of his time, but 15 years later, with the Palestinian narrative having become received truth among the left-wing faithful, the locusts were loosed within days of Israel’s incursion into Lebanon.

“Incident by incident, atrocity by atrocity, Americans are coming to see the Israeli government as pounding the Star of David into a swastika,” wrote the liberal columnist Nicholas von Hoffman.

“In their zeal to ensure that the Jewish people never suffer another Holocaust, Israel’s leaders are imitating Hitler,” wrote the late, hopelessly mediocre columnist Carl Rowan.

Lefty columnist and author Pete Hamill conveniently cited an unnamed “Israeli friend” who supposedly said of Israel, “Forgive me, but all I can think of is the Nazis.”

Liberal columnist William Pfaff also looked eastward and beheld the Fourth Reich rising in Jerusalem, suggesting that “Hitler’s work goes on” and speculating that Hitler may “find rest in Hell” with “the knowledge that the Jews themselves, in Israel, have finally accepted his own way of looking at things.”

The late Alfred Friendly, former managing editor of the Washington Post, was in fine frenzy, stopping short of using the word “Nazi” but raising the specter of Israeli fascism just the same: “[Israel’s] slaughters are on a par with Trujillo’s Dominican Republic or Papa Doc’s Haiti. Still absent are the jackboots, the shoulder boards, and the bemedalled chests, but one can see them, figuratively, on the minister of defense.”

Liberal columnists weren’t the only media types to take the sledgehammer to Israel. In Double Vision, his 1985 study of anti-Israel media bias, Zev Chafets noted that editorial cartoonists were particularly vicious and inclined toward the Nazi imagery favored by so many pundits:

Artist Steve Benson compared Ariel Sharon with Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and showed goose-stepping Israeli storm-troopers guarding a death camp labeled BEIRUT; Tony Auth depicted the ghost of a Jewish inmate of Auschwitz looking at a bombed-out site in Lebanon and, in horrified recognition, saying, “Oh, my God.”The Louisville Courier-Journal ran a picture of Begin looking into a hole where Lebanon had been, captioned “A final solution to the PLO problem,” and the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner carried a Bill Schorr cartoon in which Begin said, “For every problem, there is a final solution.”

The Indianapolis Star carried one cartoon by Oliphant of a wrecked city with a sign saying WARSAW GHETTO crossed out and the words WEST BEIRUT substituted and another with Israeli soldiers saying, “We are only obeying orders.” The Arizona Republic ran a picture of Begin wearing a badge saying NEVER AGAIN, and an Arab standing next to him wearing a button saying UNTIL NOW.

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com

Jason Maoz

Enemies From Within

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

      When things get bad, I must remember that thousands of people in Israel are doing wonderful mitzvot daily, and we cannot become discouraged. Like many American Israelis, I find it hard to fathom the blockheadedness of our current Israeli leaders.


 

      Haaretz newspaper editor David Landau recently was reported to have told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that Israel “wants to be raped by the U.S.” Imagine, a fellow Jew urges the U.S. to “rape” Israel! Our worst nightmare is when our own people invite a friend to become an enemy. Will we ever learn?

 

      I wondered about this editor’s education until reading another “wonderful” piece of news, this one from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. I guess this is why so many I consider to be Jew-haters support Hebrew U. You might not believe the following report. I simply thought this was Arab propaganda until the Israeli press confirmed it.

 

      The Hebrew University Teacher’s Committee granted an award to a doctoral student who produced the following research paper: The paper, by doctoral student Tal Nitzan, reportedly concluded that Israeli prejudice against Arabs is so pervasive that, believe it or not, Israeli soldiers do not rape Arab women captives. The doctoral student was amazed at this “unnatural behavior of Israeli soldiers.” How can it be, he must have asked himself, that Israeli soldiers do not behave as crudely as soldiers around the world?

 

      After a great deal of research, he “discovered” the reason; Israeli soldiers are prejudiced. They are making a right wing political statement against Arabs when they refuse to rape Arab women. Now we know! It is not Jewish values or purity of arms; it is prejudice. Arab soldiers are not prejudiced, for they will rape any captive. It is the Jews who are prejudiced. The right-wing Zionists are to blame – as usual.

 

      If this paper had been ignored or ridiculed by the university, I might understand. But no, the teacher’s committee awarded it a prize! Now we see why we must all support this “wonderful” university.

 

      Thus is it any surprise that our political leaders are willing to set an Arab mass murderer of Jews free? We recently learned that the dream of the Israeli Left might soon become a reality. Prime Minister Olmert not only seems willing to negotiate away the eastern part of Jerusalem, but also reportedly plans to free arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti – allowing him to lead the Palestinians to “peace.” Shimon Peres stated even before he was elected president that, if elected, he would be happy to pardon Barghouti because he is a popular, “moderate” Arab leader.

 

      In reality, Barghouti is responsible for the mass murder of Jews, and started the second intifada. I guess that makes him a moderate, if the word moderate means murderer in Arabic. What does it say about the Palestinians, when one of their most popular leaders is a murderer of men, women and children?

 

      If further proof of Barghouti’s hatred of Jews is needed, the French town of Pierrefitte (north of Paris) made him an honorary citizen. Many Europeans also expressed their sympathy with his plight. From others I expect anti-Israel behavior, but don’t want it from fellow Jews.

 

      We need Moshiach now!

 

      Comments may be sent to dov@gilor.com.

Dov Gilor

Lodz Jewish Cemetery

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

        The cemetery in Lodz is said to be one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe, with about 230,000 graves. It was first opened at the end of the 19th century with a large separate building for the preparation of bodies for internment and funerals. Today there is an exhibit of original pre-war items used by the burial society.

 

         By the beginning of World War II, in 1939, the cemetery already contained many of the elaborate tombstones and mausoleums for which it has become famous. The grave markers run the full gamut from that of Israel Poznanski, the largest mausoleum in the cemetery, to those of people who were interred during the Shoah, when tombstones were not allowed. Indeed, one finds parts of bed frames embedded in the ground, often twisted in a particular shape, as a means of identification.

 

 


Mass grave of Bnei Akiva youth group members.

 

 

         There is also the Ghetto Field, a vast, seemingly empty field that is the final resting place of the 45,000 people who died in the Ghetto. During the Shoah, the death rate among Jews living within the ghetto was very high. Dozens of funerals were held each day, with the number going as high as 170 funerals on one terrible day. While these graves remained unmarked, the Jewish community offices kept meticulous records of each grave. Today there is a program through which Israeli soldiers have been coming to Lodz, clearing the field and placing markers denoting dates and the names of the departed.

 

         The job of caring for the cemetery is a tremendous one and never ending. Groups come from Israel on a regular basis to work clearing the wild growth of trees, bushes and high weeds. Schoolchildren from around Poland also come to do their part. Most of the time they are working among graves that are just names, and in many cases the people clearing the area have no concept of who is buried in these hallowed grounds.

 

 



The Ghetto area after being cleared of debris and markers placed by the Israeli soldiers.


 

        

         But every now and then there is a famous name – a Rubinstein, Tuwim and Szyk can be found – but there are many tombs of famous rabbis scattered throughout the cemetery. One interesting feature is that the wives of famous rabbis also have elaborate tombstones. Located separately, these are some of the largest grave markers dedicated to women to be found anywhere. There are also numerous mass graves for multiple victims of German terror. There is the grave of nine Bnei Akiva members who were part of the resistance during the Shoah. Their grave is an often-visited site by scouts and other youth groups (during my recent visit I found a Bnei Akiva pennant and many candle stubs at the site).

 

         During the last days of the Ghetto, when the Russian army was approaching, the Germans sent most of the remaining Jews to Auschwitz, but kept about 800 to clean up the area. As the Russians approached, they were forced to dig pits near the wall of the cemetery, which they suspected would be their own graves. The Russians advanced so quickly that there was no time for the final executions, and the Germans ran away, saving the 800 Jews and leaving the pits empty. These pits have been left open as a reminder of the lives saved and the graves not used.

 

         The cemetery is still in active use today, but it is the history within that draws thousands of visitors every year.

Shmuel Ben Eliezer

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